Considering new siding for your Michigan home? It’s natural to think about your budget and getting the most for your investment. Siding from James Hardie is the number one choice for homeowners across the country, and there is good reason for this! Hardie siding adds great value to a home and provides a strong return on what you spend—which balances its initial cost nicely.
What exactly goes into that initial cost? That’s a great question! Here’s a breakdown of how Hardie siding projects are priced, and what makes the investment such a good decision.
The Factors that Weigh in to the Budget of Your Siding Installation
There are several elements that combine to arrive at the overall cost of home improvements. With Hardie siding, the investment yields many long-term benefits. Here’s how your project cost is determined.
The Square Footage of Your Property
The more materials the contractor must order to cover your home in siding and trim, the more it adds to the overall budget for your siding replacement. Keep in mind that Hardie products are crafted to last for decades—they’re warrantied for up to 30 years, but often last as much as 50 years when installed by experts (like us) and maintained well (by you). So, this is likely to be the only siding replacement you will ever need to invest in.
Fiber Cement’s Hefty Makeup and Custom Sizing
Hardie siding is weighty and thick—one of the features that make it so long-lasting and resistant to elements like weather and pests. This hefty nature also means it takes two people to move and install each panel, so labor costs tend to be higher for Hardie siding—something that is well worth the investment to have the job done right. Also, this strong fiber cement siding takes added work to cut to size because of its thickness. This means the labor will take longer and cost a little extra, but the protection you get from the thick boards is a definite plus.
Complexity of Your Home’s Architectural Layout
If your home’s layout is on the complex side, it may require boards to be cut to unique sizes and fitted with extra precision. Examples include having numerous dormers, Victorian turrets, or other unusual features. The added work involved in fitting your siding to these architectural elements will affect the overall budget for your project.
Condition of Your Current Siding and Underlayment
Before your new Hardie siding can be set in place, your old boards and trim must be removed—and any issues that come to light will need to be repaired. Any wood rot, pest invasions, leaks, and other concerns will be fixed—which adds to the budget. Of course, once the repairs are made, you’ll have peace of mind that your home is in great condition!
Style of Siding You Select
James Hardie offers several different beautiful styles and types of siding panels and trim for you to consider—from traditional lap siding and standard vertical panels to premium Architectural and Artisan lines that achieve an elevated look. This level of variety allows you to truly customize your home’s design to match your vision. That versatility is reflected in a range of prices, so you can also find a fit for your ideal budget.
Popular Colors vs. Specialty Colors
Hardie siding and trim comes in many colors, and your choice can impact the final overall cost of your project. For example, the most popular hues for Michigan homeowners are locally kept in stock, making them easier to obtain and less costly to ship to your property. Specialty colors are also available—over 700 in all—but they must be custom ordered, which takes longer and costs a little more.
Pre-Primed Boards vs. Siding Infused with Color in the Factory
Another factor is whether you select pre-primed boards (ones that are prepped to be painted after installation) or siding and trim that is infused with color in the factory using James Hardie’s unique ColorPlus Technology (before installation). If you choose ColorPlus, you get vibrant hues that are warrantied to last up to 15 years before needing to be repainted. This costs extra—but can be worth it since you won’t have the hassle and cost of painting your siding every few years.
The Expertise of Your Siding Installation Team
James Hardie is among the more costly siding options, but its durability makes the investment worth it. To protect that investment, it’s wise to look for a team with experience and training in installing this siding to perfection. Look for a siding company with certifications directly from the manufacturer. Our team at John McCarter Construction is certified as a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor—which means we’ve trained with them, learned their installation techniques, proven our reliability through third-party assessments, and more—so you can have confidence we’ll do the work properly from start to finish.
You’ll Enjoy the Benefits of Hardie Siding and Trim
As you weigh the costs of your home improvements, be sure to factor in the long-term advantages of Hardie siding. The initial investment you make will be offset by the lasting pluses of a strong fiber cement siding that looks beautiful, protects against pests and weather, and has a superb warranty.
Plus, when selling their property, homeowners get as much as 85% return on investment when they choose to replace old siding with Hardie siding. It’s one of the best ways to improve your home, get great value, and enjoy peace of mind that your property is protected. A definite win-win!
Get the Full Picture of How Hardie Siding Can Add Lasting Value to Your Michigan Home
Ready to learn more about the value of investing in gorgeous, long-lasting fiber cement siding for your home? You’ll find all you need to know in this handy homeowners guide to James Hardie siding. And let our team at John McCarter Construction know if you have questions. We’re here to help!